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The best romantic movies on Netflix (October 2020)

The best romantic movies on Netflix (July 2020)
About Time and A Walk to Remember. Pic credit: Universal Pictures/Warner Bros.

When date night rolls around, Netflix has its subscribers covered when it comes to romantic movies.

The mix of movies is excellent, with a little something for everyone. Those who just want a straight romance have some great options, and those who like some comedy in their love stories will find a lot to love as well.

There are also eclectic movies for those who aren’t that into love stories.

From movies that add in American sports like football to sci-fi and time travel movies, there is a perfect option for any romantic night in front of the TV.

Here is a look at the best romantic movies on Netflix as of October 2020.

Updated on October 2: Every month, Netflix makes major changes to its platform, removing several movies and adding numerous new ones to replace them.

Luckily, we are here every month to check the lists and update them by removing movies that have left the streaming service and replacing them with other options.

Once you finish our list, here are others that you could watch that just missed our list: The Ugly Truth, Almost Love, The Lost Husband, and Good Kisser.

Her (2013)

Her
Joaquin Phoenix in Her. Pic credit: Warner Bros

Spike Jonze created some of the most unique and interesting movies of the new century. In 2013, Jonze created his smallest, yet brilliant drama film, Her.

Joaquin Phoenix stars as a lonely man in a futuristic Los Angeles. He decides he will use a virtual assistant AI with a female voice (Scarlett Johansson), and she begins to help him with all his needs.

Over time, he starts to become more reliant and begins to fall in love with the AI voice, whose entire programming is to become more personalized for his needs.

The idea of not feeling like part of humanity and falling in love with an AI wasn’t without its downfalls and proved as hard as building a real romantic relationship.

The Prince & Me (2004)

The Prince & Me
Julia Styles in The Prince & Me. Pic credit: Paramount Pictures

Released in 2004, The Prince & Me is a romantic comedy about a woman who finds a prince seeking her affection.

Julia Styles is Paige Morgan, a pre-med student in Wisconsin, and ends up meeting Denmark’s Crown Prince Edward (Luke Mably) who comes to her state looking to further his playboy interests.

After he screws up their first meeting, asking her to flash him in a bar, the two end up getting to know each other better at school, and eventually, he comes around to become a better person as he falls in love, much to the chagrin of his parents.

The Notebook (2004)

The Notebook (2004)
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook. Pic credit: New Line Cinema

The Notebook is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, which means that fans should expect a tragic ending. However, this movie, more than most others, is all about romance.

In the present-day, an elderly man in a nursing home (James Garner) is reading a story from a notebook to a fellow nursing home resident (Gena Rowlands).

The story he is reading them plays out, as Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams fall in love in the past and this is their love story.

The gut-punch is that these two are also Garner and Rowland’s characters, but she has dementia, and every night he reads her their love story so she can experience it again.

Remember Me (2010)

NETFLIX: Remember Me
Robert Pattinson in Remember Me. Pic credit: Summit

Robert Pattinson was in the midst of proving he was more than just Edward Cullen when he starred in the romance movie Remember Me.

Pattinson is Tyler, a young man who audits classes and has a difficult relationship with his dad. He also lost his brother to suicide years before.

Emilie De Ravin is Ally, a young woman whose mother was murdered by a mugger and is living with her dad, an NYPD officer. The two fall in love and this is partially their story.

However, if you watch this romance movie on Netflix, be prepared for a gut-wrenching ending, as this all leads to September 11, 2001.

Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
Richard Gere and Diane Lane in Nights in Rodanthe. Pic credit: Warner Bros.

Nights in Rodanthe is another Nicholas Sparks story.

This one stars Diane Lane, who plays Adrienne, who is in the middle of getting a divorce when he leaves her for another woman. When he wants to try to make their marriage work again, she asks for some time to think.

She heads to Rodanthe and watches her friend’s bed-and-breakfast and it is here that she meets Richard Gere’s Paul, a man with his own baggage.

He is being sued by a family whose loved one died due to his surgery. He also has a complicated relationship with his son Mark (James Franco). This is the story of these two people helping each other move on, but as with all Sparks’ movies, there is a knife-twisting end.

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Pride & Prejudice
Kiera Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen in Pride & Prejudice. Pic credit: StudioCanal

There has been more than one adaptation of Jane Austin’s Pride & Prejudice that has arrived over the years.

While some people will always hold a candle for the BBC series from the ’90s, there was a big-screen theatrical film that hit in 2005 that is just as good.

Directed by Joe Wright, the movie stars Kiera Knightley as Elizabeth Bennett while Matthew Macfadyen stars as Mr. Darcy, the man she ends up falling in love with.

What resulted was the perfect love story.

Stardust (2007)

Stardust
Claire Danes and Charlie Cox on Stardust. Pic credit: Paramount Pictures

A fantasy romantic tale hit in 2007 and remains one of the best fairy tale films in movies.

Based on the Neil Gaiman novel and directed by Matthew Vaughn (The Kingsman), this tells the story about a fallen star and the young man who sets out to find it.

Charlie Cox (Daredevil) plays a young man who promises the woman he loves he will retrieve a fallen star to prove his love. However, when he finds the star, it is Claire Danes, and he realizes what true love really is.

At the same time, he must protect her from a witch (Michelle Pfeiffer) who wants to use the star to maintain her own youth.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE
Randall Park and Ali Wong in Always Be My Maybe. Pic credit: Netflix

Released in 2019, Always Be My Maybe was a Netflix original romantic comedy movie starring Ali Wong and Randall Park.

Park and Ali received credit as two of the writers in this story of childhood friends Sasha and Marcus, who grew apart when they had sex.

The movie jumps to 16 years later when Sasha is a famous celebrity chef while Marcus still lives with his dad and plays in an unsigned band that just plays in his neighborhood.

The two then reconnect, and while Marcus likes Sasha, she has just started dating Keanu Reeves — who plays himself.

A Walk to Remember (2002)

A Walk to Remember
Shane West and Mandy Moore in A Walk to Remember. Pic credit: Warner Bros.

Nicholas Sparks is the king of the depressing romantic drama novel, where almost every book has a significant death destroying a relationship and deals with either the repercussions of the death or the way the couple deals with the upcoming tragedy.

In the adaptation of Sparks’ A Walk to Remember, Mandy Moore plays a teenage girl named Jamie who has leukemia and isn’t recovering despite her treatment. She is dating a boy named Landon and the romantic relationship they held.

The story is inspired by Spark’s sister Danielle, who also battled cancer in her life.

The Kissing Booth (2018)

The Kissing Booth
The cast of The Kissing Booth. Pic credit: Netflix

The Kissing Booth is a Netflix original teen romantic comedy film based on the novel by Beth Reekles.

Released in 2018, The Kissing Booth stars Joey King as Elle, a late-blooming teenager who ends up in a relationship with a bad boy senior named Noah (Jacob Elordi). This puts her lifelong friendship with Noah’s younger brother in danger.

In a pleasant surprise, ’80s teen romance icon Molly Ringwald co-stars.

Critics destroyed the movie, but Netflix subscribers loved it and made it a monster success. A sequel will hit Netflix in July 2020.

Definitely, Maybe (2008)

Definitely, Maybe
Ryan Reynolds and Abigail Breslin in Definitely, Maybe. Pic credit: StudioCanal

The romantic movie Definitely, Maybe is a very different kind of romance, as the main story is about a father telling his daughter about how he met her mother.

Ryan Reynolds stars as the dad, Will, and Abigail Breslin stars as his daughter, Maya.

The movie is a fun trip, though, because Will tells her three different love stories from his past and won’t tell her which one is about her mother until the end. The three women are played by Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Banks, and Rachel Weisz.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Sleepless in Seattle
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle. Pic credit: TriStar Pictures

Sleepless in Seattle is one of the most timeless romantic movies in film history, and if you haven’t seen it, the film is available on Netflix.

It is also the movie that made Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks the IT couple of the ’90s.

Hanks is Sam, an architect whose wife dies of cancer. He and his eight-year-old Jonah start a new life in Seattle, and his son wants his dad to start dating again because he knows he isn’t happy.

Jonah convinces his dad to call in to a radio show and talk about how much he misses his wife, and suddenly thousands of women start writing to him.

When a reporter named Annie hears the story, she suggests they meet on top of the Empire State Building, and the great love story begins.

About Time (2013)

About Time
Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams in About Time. Pic credit: Universal Pictures

About Time is the most unusual romance film on Netflix, as it is a romantic sci-fi drama.

When he turns 21, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns from his dad that he can time travel, and it is a family ability. While his dad tells him not to use it to get money or fame, Tim decides to use it to find love.

However, as with any time travel story, Tim realizes that things he does in the past can change things, including things he did last time he traveled back in time.

He meets a woman named Mary (Rachel McAdams), and as the two develop a relationship, Tim realizes what is more important in life and relationships.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook. Pic credit: The Weinstein Company

David O. Russell has directed a lot of iconic indie films over his career, but his most mainstream is arguably his 2012 movie, Silver Linings Playbook.

Based on the novel by Matthew Quick, Bradley Cooper stars as a man with bipolar disorder who gets out of a mental hospital and moves back home with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver).

He meets a widow named Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who has a mental disorder of her own. While both individuals are almost incapable of getting through life, they start to find themselves with each other.

Howard’s End (1992)

Howard's End
Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Redgrave in Howard’s End. Pic credit: Sony

For those looking for a prestigious romantic drama, Howard’s End is available on Netflix.

This is a Merchant-Ivory production from 1992, based on the novel by E.M. Forster (A Room with a View).

This is a historical romance taking place in turn-of-the-century England and is a love story between widower Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins) and Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson).

Howard’s End picked up nine Oscar nominations, winning three, including Best Actress for Emma Thompson.

Shawn S. Lealos has been a freelance writer for 25 years, starting with magazines and newspapers before moving to the internet. He has been published... read more
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